Many of the knives and tools that I make are based on those used for hundreds, or even thousands of years. That said, I also make more accurate copies for living history and museum use when requested to do so. 

I have a sliding scale of authenticity, based on the materials used and the intended purpose. This ranges from a mild steel lookalike that is ideal for display, school handling collections or LRP vis-rep; to wrought iron blades with hearth (or shear) steel edges and natural glues that are aimed at those looking for as close to 100% accurate as possible. Please see below for more details.

​Since so many of these tools/knives have remained unchanged for centuries, I have not listed which period an item is suitable for unless it is only known from a specific date (such as a socketed iron age axe is only known from the early-mid iron age!). If you are unsure whether a piece is suitable for your period, then just get in touch and I will see what I can do :-)
This page was last updated on: August 8, 2020
Historically accurate tools for Living History
Living History & LRP
knives for preparing food

Rather than split these into time periods, where many designs will cover a range of dates, ​I have split them into types of knife as I would do with my modern blades. Obviously you can use them for whatever you see fit though (within reason, no trying to chop an armoured Roman's head off with a fine kitchen knife!). 

Here is a selection of knives that I have made in the past, NOT a catalogue of knives available (unless otherwise stated). For knives that I have in stock currently, please see my main Available Knives page. I can make pretty much any type of knife that you would like upon request as well, though I don't make swords or blunts.

I am also happy to supply you with just the blade so that you can put together your own knife
Kitchen knives

Generally kitchen knives have thinner blades than utility or war knives, with the exception of heavy choppers and cleavers. These knives do not come with sheaths, but one could be made upon request.

If you are looking for an eating knife, then I suggest also looking at the general purpose selection below. 
A set of generic kitchen knives, covers pretty well any period from early iron age to present day. The ring and dot decoration ocours throughout, but on this occasion was at the request of an Iron Age lady
Ring terminal knives pop up regularly from the bronze age, but this style of knife is very much a Roman one. Sometimes th balde is heavy (butchery or war?) and other times its thin and more delicate (kitchen). This example has a ground a polished blade.
Small meat clever.
A larger clever, more of a medieval to present day this style. This example was made fro use at River Cottage in a modern context
Similar to the ring knife above, but this time the blade has been forged to finished. This means that the blade is a little more robust but doesn't slice veg as easily. It is cheaper than the ground and polished version thoguh
An alternative example of a ring knife, best suited to Iron Age and Roman. This example is a blunt mild steel piece for Truro Museum' school's handling collection
Utility knives

These are the knives that you might carry on your belt for all sorts of little jobs. I've limited these to knives that have a sheath and are not more than 10" blades, beyond that they are either above in Kitchen or below in War knives.

Handle materials have been chosen to be correct for the geography for the period, mostly that means native European woods, horn, antler and bone. The sheaths have been made based on available archaeological evidence. This means that they are either sewn up along the back akin to modern Scandinavian sheaths or are sewn tight along the edge but do not have a welt as a modern sheath does (this is the extra layer of leather that stiffens and protects  the stitching). They are also of thinner leather and have been stiffened with molten beeswax, though I will shortly be lining some medieval sheathes with an extra layer of thin leather or rawhide. 
simple knife with ring and dot decoration. would fit most medieval and earlier periods
Wrought iron back with an edge of modern steel. This allows you to have the detailed construction aesthetics of an original early medieval knife but with the edge holding of a modern steel blade. Hawthorn and antler handle.
rear seem detail.
Wrought iron back with an edge of modern steel. This allows you to have the detailed construction aesthetics of an original early medieval knife but with the edge holding of a modern steel blade. Antler and sheep horn handle
broken back seax shaped blade limits this for date, but is ideal for Saxon ladies and kids to hang on their belt along with the sundry items often found there.
Saxon broken backed seax with metalled horizontal sheath. Forged finished blade
forged blade, oak and horn handle, covers most periods from the iron age and up
good general purpose knife. Blade and sheath would cover the early medieval for sure, but the walnut handle would not!
Saxon broken backed seax with metalled horizontal sheath. Polished blade
simple utility knife with a cherry handle and forged blade. Modern steel, traditional handle and sheath would cover most periods.
Shear steel, wrought iron blade, antler and cow horn handle featuring scrimshaw design based on some metalwork from Somerset, all held together with natural birch glue. This is the top end of the authenticity scale. Made for a 1st C AD native of the South West
Close up of the shear steel and wrought iron blade.
Shear steel and wrought iron blade. Antler and serpentine (Cornish stone) handle all glued together with birch tar glue. This is at the top end of the authenticity scale
broken back seax with polished blade, wire ferrule and brass pommel. Brass fittings on the horizontal sheath
multi-bar pattern welded blade and a bog oak handle with silver wire ferrule
knives for everyday use
No historical precedence, but ideal for LRP.
LRP knives

Here are a couple of ideas for sharp knives that can be used in character. Whether it be a steampunk, post apocalyptic or a mythical based system, I'm sure I can fashion something to suit.
Some knives made from old files with kydex sheaths. Not my usual style, but can do similar for futuristic and post apocalyptic systems
Bronze, brass or copper knives available for those who find iron offensive. These can be sharp so even the Fae can cut stuff in character!
​Once again, these are divided into tool types rather than time periods. Only a fraction of the tools that I make are shown here though!  Have a look through the Tools page of my website for more examples. Only tools that I have made specifically for living history or museum purposes have been put in below, but most tools haven't changed much in over 2000 years.

​The difference between these historical tools and the ones that you generally find on the internet is that these are PROPER TOOLS. I make tools for modern craftspeople, who's livelihoods depend on quality tools, not just a piece of modern mild steel that looks kind of like an ancient tool. The only exception to this rule is where a tool is designed to be a display piece only, such as a children's handling collection or a museum display. 

Once again, the various levels of authenticity apply. 

Whittling, carving, pole lathe turning, timber framing and fine carpentry. These tools are made to the highest modern toolmaking standards with high carbon steel. I often have examples of these in stock in a selection of sizes and styles. Other shapes and sizes of the various tools can be made upon request.

Of course, if you really want the period correct materials, then that can be accommodated as well :-)
copy of a 10th century hatchet, but would work a few hundred years either way happily
copy of  a14th century woodworking axe
flat adze. copied from the Mastermyre find, but works from the iron age up to the present
a set of 15th century gouges and chisels. With different shaped handles, these would work from the iron age to present
pole lathe bowl turning hooks. Roman to present
drawknives, inshaves and the like
twca hooks or spoon hooks for carving hollow forms such as spoons and ladels. Iron age and later
Claw hammer. This is a copy of a 10th century example but similar are seen from the Roman period
A selection of tools based on those from the Mastermyre find.
spoon auger bits and a variety of handle formats from the iron age and later
Earth works and digging 

Since most people who will be buying these tools are not going to be doing a great deal of digging with them, I normally make them from mild steel (not dissimilar to the originals in that respect). So while they will perform their tasks adequately well, they should not be expected to perform like (or for as long as) a modern version.  Of course, should you wanting such a modern quality tool made then I can do so, but it will cost more due to the materials and heat treating costs.
Roman entrenching tool. The head is forged from mild steel in this case and the handles are individually carved from ash (from my own woodland)
This Bipalium head is the most common, but other forms can be made upon request.
Roman turf cutter
a variety of turf cutter heads.
Saalsburg spade. Roman.
Spade shoe (or spade iron). This is a copy of a Roman example, but very similar shapes persist for the following 1500 years or so. Other shapes will be available when  get to them... As will the fitted wooden handles
Iron shod wooden spades. These handles are all carved from oak to fit the steel shoes that I make. Most styles cover iron age to 20th C, though the V shapes are more medieval and the rounded shoes more Roman.
The Dolabra. A Roman pickaxe basically. As described these are normally made with mild steel heads and thus blunt edges, but for a bit more money I can make a proper modern quality tool with a sharp edge (the blade covers for the original ones suggest these were sharpened like an axe!)
Miscellaneous Tools

I've made a lot of random tools over the years, some of them are shown here. If you have a particular tool in mind then please get in touch and I will see what I can do ;-)

some medieval leatherwoking knives. high carbon blades, razor sharp edge and sharpened (honed) awl on the from. English elm handles.
Bodkins and other basketry tools available.
sickles. These examples were made for a modern basket maker or harvesting willow, but other shapes and sizes can be made
Selection of touchmarks or tamps for decorating leather or metal (such as jewellery). Each on is unique and I am always making new paterns. Mostly these are 1/2" across or smaller.
a set of tools for working horn, antler and bone. Here we have a selection of scrapers, detail knife, saw and a file.
a couple of billhooks. Other sizes and patterns can be made
Camp Kit
​I don't do much in the way of normal blacksmithing, so you are unlikely to see the usual array of fire boxes and cooking furniture. There are a thousand and one other smiths turning out that sort of gear, they seem to enjoy it but it's not my cup of tea. Sorry

However, I do make other things for use around the Living History or Role Playing camp :-)  Such things as Fae friendly spoons, Iron Sporks, Caffetieres and metal cups... 
Double walled stainless steel caffetieres that have been larped up for in character use. These things keep your coffee hot for ages and are much stronger than the glass variety (useful when packing the car!)

In 1L and 350ml
Cafetiere (Coffee Pots!)

Satisfying the need for a good coffee in the morning without having to leave camp when IC. These double walled Stainless steel caffetieres have had the outer surface distressed and new handles attached to make them fit in. I use one myself in the workshop and not only do they look great but they keep you coffee hot for ages!

​Available in 1L (8 cup) and 350ml (3 cup, or one mug!). Handle options so far are antler, wood and leather bound; but I have some plans for others this year...

Metal Cups and Bowls

Hand beaten cups made from copper or brass and (normally) tinned inside for hygiene purposes. I make these with antler, horn, metal or no handles. The one being investigated by the chicken has brass feet (no handle) and rings ling a bell when struck!

Mostly these are about the size of a large mug, but I can make them larger or smaller upon request.

Sporks and Spoons

I make a lot of sporks (spoon on one end, fork at the other) for the Bushcraft community, but they are equally fun for LRP. There are some examples existing from the Roman period and then some later into the 17th-18th Century (known as Sucket spoons). 

Mostly I make spoons and sporks from mild steel, but I can also make them from copper alloy, silver or pattern welded steel.

Axes, spears, combat blades, etc

​I'm a lover, not a fighter. So I don't make much in the way of weaponry, but some things are just cool objects, whatever their intended function! Recently I have started to get into Anglo Saxon pattern welded spears and Dane Axes (courtesy of some friends with a hankering). 

I'm afraid that I do not (currently at least) make swords and I will never make reenactment blunt weapons. They are like cardboard cars: looks like a car, but wouldn't carry you swiftly to the other side of the country. Also, there are plenty of other smiths who do make these and seem to enjoy it.
Spears  (plain)

Based on archaeological examples, these spears are equally suited to the museum or the collector. All are made from either a single piece of spring steel or fire welded together from many pieces of such suitable steels. They are all heat treated and sharp, not razor honed sharp, but 'fit for purpose' if you like, just don't go poking your mates with them or dropping them on your foot!).

The closed sockets are normally mild steel fire welded to the spring steel blade, whilst the split sockets are forged integrally from the same piece. 

Blades of EN9 spring steel, all ground and polished, heat treated and sharp!
Spears  (pattern welded)

All of the details listed for the plain steel spears are true for these, except that the blades are pattern welded steel! The patterns used in these blades are also archaeologically known (or at least plausible and would not be thought out of place at the time). 

Some include wrought iron in the pattern to add an extra dimension to the look, this also makes it more difficult to make and adds to the authenticity (by making it rust faster and be subject to material flaws!).